THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 24 October 2012, Wednesday
Pleasantly Perfect Wins PCSO-PSA Cup
A mere second choice beat two hard-charging frontrunners to dominate last Sunday’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Anniversary Race for the benefit of the Philippine Sportswriters Association.
The race in honor of the charity agency’s 78th milestone was held at the Manila Jockey Club’s San Lazaro Leisure Park over a mile (1,600-meter) distance.
The race was led by close third choice Arvindugo and top pick Si Señor, running against each other neck and neck for most of the race, while Pleasantly Perfect conserved his energy six lengths behind.
Steered by star jockey Jonathan Hernandez, Pleasantly Perfect made his move at the far turn and easily passed the flagging frontrunners down the stretch.
The bay colt sired by Interrogate out of Passing on Passion and owned by Divina Dy clocked 1:41.8 to win by a length and grab the P700,000 purse.
Si Señor came in second to take P400,000, Purple Ribbon third for P300,000, and Arvindugo fourth and last for P100,000.
Among those present at the awarding ceremony were, from the PCSO, general manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, assistant general manager Betsy Paruginog, Committee on Races chairman lawyer Jose T. Malang, and Draw and Races department manager Carlos Castillo; and from PSA, directors Joe S. Antonio and Aldrin Cardona.
Also held that day was another PCSO Anniversary race, this one for the benefit of Pugad Lawin charity foundation.
Coincidentally, the race was won by the outstanding favorite, also named Pugad Lawin (Refuse to Bend x Unstoppable Lady).
The colt owned by Antonio V. Tan Jr. carried the heaviest handicap weight – 58 kilograms – compared to the five other runners, a disadvantage of four kilos against two others carrying the next heaviest weight of 54 kgs.
Despite this, the Jesse Guce-ridden Pugad Lawin won wire-to-wire, posting a time of 1:29.2 over 1,400 meters to win P180,000.
Madam Theresa placed second to earn P67,500, Quaker’s Hill third for P37,500, and Pinay Beauty fourth for P15,000.
Another wire-to-wire win was posted that day, by Sky Dragon in the fourth leg of the 1,500-meter Philippine Racing Commission Juvenile Colts Stakes.
The 2YO colt by Conquistarose out of Elusive Dragon, owned by Honorato Neri, was ridden by veteran Antonio B. Alcasid Jr.
Meanwhile, the PCSO Draw and Races Department announced the declared entries for the next PCSO race, a 2YO race with trial and elimination to take place on October 30, also at SLLP:
Tarlac congressman Jeci Lapus’s Azimuth, Bayani Coching’s Beyond Perfection, Antonio P. David Jr.’s Birthday Wish, Conrado Ong’s Buko Maxx, Herminio Esguerra’s Captain Ball, Vernadette Mercado’s Cataleya, Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos’s Cat’s Silver;
Raymund Puyat’s Haring Benedict, Edward R. Tan’s Jetsun, Harry Aguilos’s Indy’s Humor, Maverick Javier’s Mistah, Joseller “Yeng” Guiao’s Nurture Nature, Wilbert Tan’s Pinas Paraiso, Rita Pilapil’s Tarzan Maximus, Jonathan Codamon Jr.’s The Fountainhead, and Robert Ramirez’s Viktoria. ***